Event Recap: Can I Ask That?

Can I Ask That? FlyerOn February 27, our students hosted an event to kick-start our annual diversity week with a panel of judges, attorneys, professors, and students.

Each speaker shared their professional journey and how they address diversity and cultural competence in the legal field. Students submitted questions in advance for the event and Joanna Martin, president of HLLSA, moderated the panel discussion.

Panelists:

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Event Recap: Corporate Counsel Night

Corporate Counsel Night 2019 Panelists
Corporate Counsel Night 2019 Panelists

Victoria Ryan, Associate Director of Career Services, provided this recap of the panel discussion:

On January 29, a great group of students turned out on a very cold night in Chicago with sub-zero temperatures to hear a panel of six distinguished attorneys discuss their roles as in-house corporate counsel:

  • David Susler – Associate General Counsel, National Material L.P.
  • Matthew Hamielic ’17 – Associate Attorney, Innovation Law Department, Allstate
  • Angela Frye ’97 – General Counsel, Great Lakes Market, Verizon Wireless
  • Krystin Hernandez ’10 – Senior Counsel, McDonald’s Corporation
  • Gavin Daly ’10 – Counsel, Corporate Investigations, Jones, Lang & LaSalle (JLL)
  • Michael Ward ’12 – Associate Attorney, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila

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Event Recap: 4th MLK Forum – Legal Racism: How Inequities Created by the Law Can Be Eliminated by the Law

Assistant Dean Marsha Ross-Jackson
Assistant Dean Marsha Ross-Jackson introducing the 4th MLK Forum at Chicago-Kent College of Law

On  January 24, 2019, Chicago-Kent hosted the 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Forum sponsored by the law school’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Multiculturalism & Professional Development as well as several faculty committees, departments, and student organizations.

Erika K. Wilson, Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy & Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, was the featured speaker, presenting a talk titled “Legal Racism:  How Inequities Created by the Law Can Be Eliminated by the Law.”

After Professor Wilson’s discussion, other panelists gave their perspectives on the impact of legal racism in finance, education reform, and housing policy. An open question and answer session followed that addressed specific examples, terms, and trends from the presentation and the speaker discussion. 

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Meet Cristina McNeiley, Class of 2020

Cristina McNeiley was drawn to the legal profession by her powerful personal story and desire to make a difference. As a student, she is already giving back through her leadership roles in several organizations. In this profile, she shares the resources and skills she’s using to build her career and the ways she looks forward to creating opportunities for other women with similar backgrounds. Continue reading “Meet Cristina McNeiley, Class of 2020”

Meet Everardo Tapia Vergara, Class of 2019

Everardo came to Chicago-Kent with a background in engineering, drawn by the strong reputation of our IP and legal writing programs. He took advantage of the flexibility of programs like 1L Your Way and the evening division to find more professional opportunities as a student. Beyond the classroom, his experiences with local bar associations and student organizations helped him build relationships both as a mentor and mentee in the legal field. Continue reading “Meet Everardo Tapia Vergara, Class of 2019”

Meet Joanna Martin, Class of 2019

Joanna Martin has been one of our most engaged student leaders, always busy organizing events and looking for opportunities to build community at Chicago-Kent. Her work with student organizations and immigration programs has helped build her legal skills and connections. We’re happy to share more of her background and current projects in this profile.

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